TOM Ince has sent a message to Blackpool’s fans – I’m going nowhere.
The winger is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs and was the subject of a bid from Swansea last week.
He stole the show in Saturday’s 6-0 win over Ipswich at Bloomfield Road with a man-of-the-match display.
The 20-year-old scored two and created three and is sure to have caught the eye of watching scouts.
But he told The Gazette he’s staying at Blackpool. “Of course I’ll be staying,” he said. “I have to put tremendous faith back into Blackpool Football Club.
“A year ago I was playing reserve team football, and the gaffer and chairman brought me here.
“It took me a while to find my feet but from January onwards I’ve enjoyed my football.
“I think getting the goal at Wembley really lifted me and I knew I had to take that consistency on.
“The first three games have gone well for me and I have to keep doing that. My faith is in Blackpool. These players and this club allow me to express myself.
They allow me to be the player I am and I have to put faith in that.”
Two goals from Ince, a Craig Cathcart header, a Gary Taylor-Fletcher volley and an own goal sealed Pool’s emphatic win. And while the scoreline suggests a rout, Ince thought otherwise. He added: “We took our chances well but Ipswich caused us problems.
“We probably played better in our first two games but we can’t argue with a 6-0 home win.
“We just need to keep our heads down and keep going. We’ll have a few days off this week to recharge the batteries, then we’ll be back at it ahead of Leicester away.
“It was fantastic result, though. It’s always good to score six at home, and let’s not forget it was against a very good Ipswich side.”
And after undoubtedly the best performance of his career, the level-headed ex-Liverpool player was as modest as ever. It wasn’t a bad day’s work,” he joked. “I don’t want to be a players who does it one week, then goes missing for three or four.
“I needed to add goals to my game and my aim is to get more than last season. Hopefully I’m on the way to doing that.”
Swansea are the only club to make a formal bid so far, although a host of Premier League clubs were set to make a move for the wideman.
And while he enjoys the talk, Ince again told supporters his heart lies with Blackpool.
“It’s always flattering to hear clubs talking about me, and obviously you always want to aim for the top,” he admitted.
“At the end of the day, I’m at Blackpool and I’m loving being here. I’m enjoying my football.
“I’ll never get complacent and think I’ll be in the team every week.
“The gaffer has lots of options and I have to be consistent in training and on the pitch to play.
“It’s great to be linked with these teams, but for me it’s just about playing for Blackpool and making the fans happy.”